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This week we have assigned your children reading books on Reading Planet and sent you the children's login details. If you have not yet received these, please do email us. Please take the time to login and explore the reading books with your child as spending just 10 minutes of focused reading time a day can make the world of difference and enhance your child's confidence, imagination, listening, attention and creativity.
For young readers picture books are an important part of learning and will allow children to gain an increased awareness of how stories are built as the storyteller often uses a beginning, middle and an end. Pictures can also help increase your child's vocabulary helping them to identify colours, shapes, animals, people, places etc.
Below are some hints and tips when reading picture books at home with your children:
*Look at the cover and talk about the title of the story. Can your child predict what the story might be about, looking at the pictures for clues?
* Take a picture walk through the pages of the book and enjoy the pictures. Encourage your child to comment on what they can see and ask some simple questions e.g. What is happening? Who can you see? Is there anything familiar about the setting? How are the characters feeling? What would you do if you were in the story?
*Go back through the book a second time and encourage your child to read their own version of the story. You may want to model this first for them and use lots of sound effects and character voices to engage your child.
*Finish your wordless book by asking a few simple questions about the story. What was your favourite part of the? What was your favourite picture? Which was your favourite character and why?
Some of the books assigned consist solely of CVC words. When young readers are ready to tackle putting together their very first words the simplest way to begin is with CVC words. A CVC word is a three letter word that follows the pattern of consonant, vowel, consonant. e.g. dog. Learning about CVC words is an important tool in phonics as it helps children with reading and writing. CVC words help introduce children to reading by first learning the sounds of individual letters and blending those sounds to read a word.
We will assign new reading books every Friday, once we have checked your child's progress on Reading Planet. I hope you all have lots of fun reading your new books!